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Sep 22, 2012 11:55pm EDT
the faces in the rearview mirror looking at the promise of the promised land >> michelle obama had landed dinner at the congressional black caucus. the annual conference gathered community leaders to discuss the challenges facing the african- american community. this is about 25 minutes. >> i want to thank congressman cleaver for the attending were. i also want to recognize your terrific cbc foundation president and ceo. [applause] and of course i want to congratulate this year's phoenix award winners, attorney general holder, congresswoman round, and george lucas. thank you for your outstanding contributions to our nation. we look forward to hearing from you all later this evening. i also want to take a moment to note the passing of a true leader in this caucus, congressman donald payne. he was a distinguished member of congress. the visionary chairman of the cdc. his presence is sorely missed. i want to recognize all of the cbc members who are here with us tonight. you are part of a proud tradition, one that dates back not just to the founding of this caucus, but to the beginning
Sep 22, 2012 8:55pm EDT
. caller: that is pretty funny. i was struck with how you went with, "this is the obama era." what stood out in your book was speaker boehner's office did not return the president's phone call and a lack of communication with the president. it is almost like there is a personal weakness to have somebody to dinner so what should we even do it? guest: relationships need to be built. i think president obama is right when a complaint that boehner would not return his phone call for almost a day. that is unheard of. the white house chief of staff goes swayback when he was an aide to tip o'neill in the 1980's. he was appalled at the speaker will not call the president back and made the point internally at the white house that when ronald reagan called, the phone call was immediately returned. boehner's argument was that he had to put together a congressional deal. he thought it would affect the financial markets. that is his excuse. president said, "why didn't he just call and say, i am working on it." it was the silence that offended the president and the white house staff. boehner did call a
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